Period
to 13 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Windows skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Windows over the 6 months to 13 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Windows
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 11 10 9
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 +2
Permanent jobs citing Windows 5,639 9,282 11,935
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 12.22% 14.60% 14.21%
As % of the Operating Systems category 56.66% 64.18% 59.46%
Number of salaries quoted 4,642 7,466 9,688
10th Percentile £23,500 £22,500 £22,500
25th Percentile £29,000 £27,500 £27,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £40,000 £38,000 £37,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% -
75th Percentile £53,750 £50,688 £50,000
90th Percentile £62,500 £61,250 £62,500
UK median annual salary £45,000 £41,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year +8.43% - +3.75%

Windows is in the Operating Systems category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
UK excluding London
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 9,952 14,462 20,074
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.56% 22.75% 23.90%
Number of salaries quoted 8,029 11,733 15,798
10th Percentile £25,750 £24,625 £24,000
25th Percentile £32,500 £31,000 £31,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
75th Percentile £57,500 £55,000 £55,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £66,250 £65,000
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%

Windows
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Windows as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Windows in the UK excluding London

Windows
Salary Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Windows in the UK excluding London.

Salary trend for Windows in the UK excluding London

Windows
Salary Histogram in the UK excluding London

Salary distribution for jobs citing Windows in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Windows in the UK excluding London

Windows
Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Windows within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 13 April 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East -4 1,474 £42,500 +6.25% 293
North of England -1 1,358 £40,000 +1.27% 333
Midlands -2 973 £40,000 +6.67% 264
South West -9 821 £37,500 +7.14% 193
West Midlands -1 639 £40,000 - 165
North West -4 624 £42,500 +6.25% 175
Yorkshire 0 593 £40,000 -2.44% 117
East of England -4 442 £41,500 +3.75% 134
Scotland -5 366 £41,359 +4.71% 69
East Midlands -4 328 £37,750 +7.86% 99
Wales +3 174 £37,500 -1.32% 47
North East -7 141 £40,000 +23.08% 41
Northern Ireland +16 43 £40,000 +42.86% 11
Channel Islands -3 1 £36,000 +44.00%
Isle of Man -8 1 - -
Windows
UK

For the 6 months to 13 April 2021, IT jobs citing Windows also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the UK excluding London region with a requirement for Windows.

1 2,791 (49.49%) Microsoft
2 2,441 (43.29%) Active Directory
3 2,364 (41.92%) Windows Server
4 2,219 (39.35%) Azure
5 2,127 (37.72%) Microsoft 365
6 1,880 (33.34%) VMware
7 1,525 (27.04%) Linux
8 1,208 (21.42%) VMware Infrastructure
9 1,134 (20.11%) Windows 10
10 1,121 (19.88%) SQL
11 1,035 (18.35%) Firewall
12 973 (17.25%) PowerShell
13 911 (16.16%) ITIL
14 910 (16.14%) DevOps
15 902 (16.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 884 (15.68%) SQL Server
17 788 (13.97%) AWS
18 762 (13.51%) Agile Software Development
19 754 (13.37%) DNS
20 744 (13.19%) Hyper-V
21 740 (13.12%) Problem-Solving
22 677 (12.01%) Cisco
23 661 (11.72%) Microsoft Office
24 657 (11.65%) Windows Server 2012
25 622 (11.03%) Citrix
26 577 (10.23%) Windows Server 2016
27 559 (9.91%) MS Exchange
28 533 (9.45%) DHCP
29 516 (9.15%) C#
30 505 (8.96%) SCCM

Windows
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 559 (9.91%) MS Exchange
2 401 (7.11%) SharePoint
3 316 (5.60%) IIS
4 148 (2.62%) Confluence
5 129 (2.29%) Exchange Server 2013
6 100 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2010
7 83 (1.47%) Apache
8 52 (0.92%) CMS
9 44 (0.78%) Skype for Business
10 41 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2007
10 41 (0.73%) WordPress
11 35 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
12 34 (0.60%) Tomcat
13 26 (0.46%) EPiServer
14 25 (0.44%) Umbraco
15 24 (0.43%) nginx
15 24 (0.43%) WebSphere
16 22 (0.39%) Kentico
16 22 (0.39%) Sitecore CMS
17 16 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 661 (11.72%) Microsoft Office
2 92 (1.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 52 (0.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 46 (0.82%) Microsoft Project
5 29 (0.51%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.20%) Photoshop
7 9 (0.16%) Simulink
8 5 (0.089%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.071%) Sketch
10 3 (0.053%) Houdini
10 3 (0.053%) InVision
10 3 (0.053%) Maya
10 3 (0.053%) NUKE
10 3 (0.053%) Spreadsheet
10 3 (0.053%) Zeplin
11 2 (0.035%) Adobe XD
12 1 (0.018%) Figma
12 1 (0.018%) InDesign
12 1 (0.018%) Quicktime
12 1 (0.018%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 20 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
1 20 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
2 14 (0.25%) nopCommerce
3 12 (0.21%) Sentinel
4 11 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 10 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
5 10 (0.18%) SAP Business One
6 9 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
6 9 (0.16%) Workfront
7 8 (0.14%) Sage 200
8 7 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
9 6 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
10 5 (0.089%) Oracle EBS
11 4 (0.071%) Bond Adapt
11 4 (0.071%) Sage 50
11 4 (0.071%) Visualfiles
12 3 (0.053%) assyst
13 2 (0.035%) BambooHR
13 2 (0.035%) Hyperion Planning
13 2 (0.035%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 2,219 (39.35%) Azure
2 2,127 (37.72%) Microsoft 365
3 788 (13.97%) AWS
4 398 (7.06%) Azure Active Directory
5 255 (4.52%) SaaS
6 235 (4.17%) IaaS
7 205 (3.64%) PaaS
8 112 (1.99%) OneDrive
9 93 (1.65%) GCP
10 78 (1.38%) GitHub
11 70 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
12 63 (1.12%) Power Platform
13 61 (1.08%) Mimecast
14 48 (0.85%) Serverless
15 45 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
16 42 (0.74%) Google Workspace
17 36 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
18 34 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
19 22 (0.39%) Amazon S3
20 21 (0.37%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 1,035 (18.35%) Firewall
2 754 (13.37%) DNS
3 533 (9.45%) DHCP
4 500 (8.87%) TCP/IP
5 482 (8.55%) WAN
6 452 (8.02%) LAN
7 381 (6.76%) VPN
8 364 (6.46%) SAN
9 250 (4.43%) VLAN
10 236 (4.19%) VoIP
11 146 (2.59%) Wireless
12 136 (2.41%) Network Security
13 131 (2.32%) Remote Desktop
14 120 (2.13%) Wi-Fi
15 109 (1.93%) Skype
16 99 (1.76%) Internet
17 97 (1.72%) NAS
18 78 (1.38%) OSPF
19 77 (1.37%) Cisco ASA
20 72 (1.28%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 884 (15.68%) SQL Server
2 146 (2.59%) MySQL
3 74 (1.31%) Amazon RDS
3 74 (1.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 59 (1.05%) Oracle Database
5 58 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
6 54 (0.96%) Relational Database
7 52 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
8 51 (0.90%) SQL Server 2012
9 44 (0.78%) Power BI
10 38 (0.67%) MongoDB
11 37 (0.66%) NoSQL
11 37 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 36 (0.64%) Big Data
13 31 (0.55%) SQL Server 2016
14 27 (0.48%) SQL Server 2005
15 26 (0.46%) Azure SQL Database
16 22 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
17 20 (0.35%) RDBMS
17 20 (0.35%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 323 (5.73%) Git (software)
2 211 (3.74%) JIRA
3 158 (2.80%) Jenkins
4 118 (2.09%) Visual Studio
5 112 (1.99%) TeamCity
6 97 (1.72%) Octopus Deploy
7 88 (1.56%) Bitbucket
8 76 (1.35%) Subversion
9 59 (1.05%) Team Foundation Server
10 50 (0.89%) GitLab
11 43 (0.76%) Artifactory
12 35 (0.62%) Eclipse
13 31 (0.55%) Maven
14 21 (0.37%) Selenium
15 20 (0.35%) IDA Disassembler
15 20 (0.35%) Rational Rhapsody
16 19 (0.34%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
17 18 (0.32%) Rational Team Concert
17 18 (0.32%) SonarQube
18 16 (0.28%) Oracle APEX
General
1 458 (8.12%) Finance
2 136 (2.41%) Law
3 133 (2.36%) Retail
4 124 (2.20%) Public Sector
5 121 (2.15%) Legal
6 118 (2.09%) Telecoms
7 116 (2.06%) Manufacturing
8 92 (1.63%) Marketing
9 78 (1.38%) Electronics
10 68 (1.21%) Digital Economy
11 64 (1.13%) Games
12 53 (0.94%) Automotive
13 47 (0.83%) Back Office
14 34 (0.60%) Banking
15 33 (0.59%) Aerospace
15 33 (0.59%) Military
16 31 (0.55%) Local Government
17 23 (0.41%) Advertising
18 21 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
19 19 (0.34%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 797 (14.13%) Analyst
2 746 (13.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 585 (10.37%) Support Engineer
4 537 (9.52%) IT Engineer
5 535 (9.49%) IT Support
6 455 (8.07%) Developer
7 378 (6.70%) Azure Engineer
8 370 (6.56%) Support Analyst
9 290 (5.14%) DevOps Engineer
10 280 (4.97%) 2nd Line Support
11 244 (4.33%) IT Analyst
12 240 (4.26%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 232 (4.11%) Administrator
14 212 (3.76%) IT Support Engineer
15 203 (3.60%) Service Analyst
16 200 (3.55%) Service Desk Analyst
17 195 (3.46%) Architect
18 190 (3.37%) Platform Engineer
19 161 (2.86%) Cloud Engineer
20 160 (2.84%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 410 (7.27%) .NET
2 317 (5.62%) HTML
3 289 (5.13%) CSS
4 208 (3.69%) Web Services
5 147 (2.61%) ASP.NET
6 117 (2.07%) .NET Framework
7 116 (2.06%) HTML5
8 93 (1.65%) REST
9 90 (1.60%) .NET Core
10 86 (1.53%) AngularJS
11 80 (1.42%) jQuery
12 78 (1.38%) JSON
13 76 (1.35%) XML
14 72 (1.28%) React
15 61 (1.08%) Entity Framework
16 58 (1.03%) Node.js
17 57 (1.01%) WPF
18 49 (0.87%) CSS3
19 48 (0.85%) Middleware
20 40 (0.71%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 412 (7.31%) Analytical Skills
2 288 (5.11%) Data Centre
3 215 (3.81%) Management Information System
4 187 (3.32%) Public Cloud
4 187 (3.32%) Self-Motivation
5 170 (3.01%) Driving Licence
6 153 (2.71%) User Experience
7 143 (2.54%) Clustering
8 109 (1.93%) Replication
9 99 (1.76%) Enterprise Software
10 81 (1.44%) Hybrid Cloud
11 68 (1.21%) PKI
12 66 (1.17%) Private Cloud
13 60 (1.06%) Greenfield Project
14 51 (0.90%) Mobile App
15 46 (0.82%) Linux Command Line
16 45 (0.80%) Client/Server
17 43 (0.76%) NHS
18 39 (0.69%) Smartphone
19 37 (0.66%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 2,364 (41.92%) Windows Server
2 1,525 (27.04%) Linux
3 1,134 (20.11%) Windows 10
4 657 (11.65%) Windows Server 2012
5 577 (10.23%) Windows Server 2016
6 357 (6.33%) Windows Server 2008
7 353 (6.26%) Windows Server 2019
8 322 (5.71%) Windows 7
9 262 (4.65%) Unix
10 179 (3.17%) Android
11 133 (2.36%) CentOS
12 132 (2.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 110 (1.95%) Ubuntu
14 102 (1.81%) Apple iOS
15 85 (1.51%) Mac OS
16 82 (1.45%) Windows 8
17 80 (1.42%) Windows Server 2003
18 43 (0.76%) Mac OS X
18 43 (0.76%) VMS
19 27 (0.48%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 911 (16.16%) ITIL
2 910 (16.14%) DevOps
3 902 (16.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 762 (13.51%) Agile Software Development
5 740 (13.12%) Problem-Solving
6 416 (7.38%) Migration
7 394 (6.99%) Infrastructure as Code
8 312 (5.53%) Software Engineering
9 311 (5.52%) Service Management
10 306 (5.43%) Scrum
11 278 (4.93%) Continuous Integration
12 263 (4.66%) Mentoring
13 249 (4.42%) Continuous Improvement
14 247 (4.38%) Configuration Management
15 242 (4.29%) Disaster Recovery
16 235 (4.17%) Project Management
17 232 (4.11%) Computer Science
18 226 (4.01%) Project Delivery
19 212 (3.76%) Change Management
20 209 (3.71%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 1,121 (19.88%) SQL
2 973 (17.25%) PowerShell
3 516 (9.15%) C#
4 431 (7.64%) Python
5 344 (6.10%) JavaScript
6 326 (5.78%) Java
7 269 (4.77%) C++
8 259 (4.59%) Bash Shell
9 162 (2.87%) C
10 121 (2.15%) T-SQL
11 75 (1.33%) Perl
12 73 (1.29%) PHP
13 58 (1.03%) VB
14 55 (0.98%) VB.NET
15 51 (0.90%) PL/SQL
16 45 (0.80%) Ruby
17 38 (0.67%) Shell Script
18 31 (0.55%) TypeScript
19 26 (0.46%) VBScript
20 22 (0.39%) VB6
Qualifications
1 402 (7.13%) Degree
2 366 (6.49%) Microsoft Certification
3 358 (6.35%) Security Cleared
4 265 (4.70%) SC Cleared
5 221 (3.92%) MCSE
6 190 (3.37%) Cisco Certification
7 144 (2.55%) CCNA
8 134 (2.38%) MCSA
9 92 (1.63%) ITIL Certification
10 82 (1.45%) Computer Science Degree
11 80 (1.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 77 (1.37%) MCP
13 61 (1.08%) CCNP
14 53 (0.94%) CISSP
15 51 (0.90%) DV Cleared
15 51 (0.90%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 42 (0.74%) DBS Check
17 35 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
18 29 (0.51%) MCITP
19 27 (0.48%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 449 (7.96%) SLA
2 141 (2.50%) GDPR
3 127 (2.25%) QA
4 100 (1.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 49 (0.87%) Cyber Essentials
6 47 (0.83%) PCI DSS
7 28 (0.50%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 27 (0.48%) NIST
9 15 (0.27%) ISO 9001
9 15 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 14 (0.25%) WAI
11 10 (0.18%) HIPAA
11 10 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 10 (0.18%) MISRA
12 9 (0.16%) GRC
12 9 (0.16%) PMO
13 7 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 6 (0.11%) IEC 61131
14 6 (0.11%) MISRA C
14 6 (0.11%) OpenSCAP
System Software
1 2,441 (43.29%) Active Directory
2 1,208 (21.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 744 (13.19%) Hyper-V
4 361 (6.40%) Docker
5 280 (4.97%) VMware ESXi
6 202 (3.58%) vSphere
7 119 (2.11%) XenApp
8 103 (1.83%) Virtual Machines
9 88 (1.56%) Virtual Servers
9 88 (1.56%) XenDesktop
10 80 (1.42%) Virtual Desktop
11 58 (1.03%) BitLocker
12 52 (0.92%) Firmware
13 42 (0.74%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 36 (0.64%) VMware NSX
15 29 (0.51%) NFS
16 27 (0.48%) Xen
17 25 (0.44%) VirtualBox
17 25 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
18 23 (0.41%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 505 (8.96%) SCCM
2 384 (6.81%) Ansible
3 296 (5.25%) Terraform
4 275 (4.88%) Microsoft Intune
5 227 (4.03%) Puppet
6 225 (3.99%) Kubernetes
7 121 (2.15%) Opscode Chef
8 97 (1.72%) Microsoft Clustering
9 94 (1.67%) WSUS
10 88 (1.56%) SCOM
11 65 (1.15%) vCenter Server
12 48 (0.85%) Nagios
13 46 (0.82%) SCVMM
14 40 (0.71%) Prometheus
15 38 (0.67%) Rancher
15 38 (0.67%) Single Sign-On
16 36 (0.64%) Backup Exec
16 36 (0.64%) McAfee ePO
17 35 (0.62%) ZABBIX
18 34 (0.60%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 2,791 (49.49%) Microsoft
2 1,880 (33.34%) VMware
3 677 (12.01%) Cisco
4 622 (11.03%) Citrix
5 391 (6.93%) Oracle
6 303 (5.37%) Veeam
7 216 (3.83%) HP
8 176 (3.12%) Dell
9 156 (2.77%) Red Hat
10 148 (2.62%) Google
11 137 (2.43%) EnterpriseDB
12 131 (2.32%) Sophos
13 120 (2.13%) Apple
14 114 (2.02%) IBM
15 101 (1.79%) EMC
15 101 (1.79%) SolarWinds
16 98 (1.74%) Meraki
17 95 (1.68%) NetApp
18 88 (1.56%) McAfee
19 83 (1.47%) Juniper